Saturday, December 16, 2017
Jury convicts woman of theft, then took up a collection to pay her fine.
I really, really understand the pain behind having her engagement ring stolen. It originally belonged to her beloved grandmother. Must have been crushing. There is an element of cruelty behind a person who would steal something they know has sentimental value. It's different than stealing money from a wallet or identity theft. Jewelry possesses the love of the person who gave it to us or to whom it belonged.
I've had it happen to me so I know the pain well. On face value, I get how a fine of only $60 could send a message of injustice to the victim of such cruelty.
But, I was sorry to see the victim wrapped around the wheels of vengeance. The woman felt remorse, confessed, returned the rings and wrote an apology. It's beyond comprehension how she failed to see the woman "accepting accountability". Come on lady!
Thank God, the jury saw an opportunity to acknowledge her guilt while showing her forgiveness and compassion. Go now, and sin no more.
I love the heroic kindness behind this story and pray that it's enough to get Mendez Ortega's on the right path. Please stop and say an Ave for her conversion!